From Selena to Gigli to her latest movie, The Boy Next Door, Jennifer Lopez reflects on her nearly two-decade film career.
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Over the course of her 20-year career, Jennifer Lopez has gone from being a back-up dancer, to a Golden Globe-nominated actor, to an international music icon, to a tabloid obsession, to a reality television judge, to a film and television producer, to the soon-to-be star of her own NBC cop drama.
Of all the mediums Lopez has dabbled in, however, her on-screen career has been the one filled with the highest highs and the lowest lows. “It's always great to have commercial successes, but at the end of the day, that stuff doesn't matter,” the 45-year-old quintuple threat told BuzzFeed News recently at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles, California, while promoting her latest movie, The Boy Next Door. “The reason we're artists, the reason we make art, is to make people feel things and to inspire them and to motivate them. That's what I do with my work, and I'm proud of that.”
Before her 27th film opens on Jan. 23, Lopez took a look back at her most popular, most talked about, and most personally significant movie roles, revealing the lessons she's learned along the way.